World’s media salute goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke bicycle-kick goal against Orlando Pirates
Posted: 1 December 2016 Time: 11:24
Oscarine Masuluke has become world famous overnight after his spectacular bicycle-kick equaliser against Orlando Pirates last night.
The Baroka FC shot-stopper first caught South Africa’s full attention when he saved three penalties in a pre-season penalty shootout win over Kaizer Chiefs in the FAME Charity Cup.
Clearly, Masuluke was not done playing hero for Bakgaga, and he now has global admirers following his audacious equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Chiefs' Soweto arch-rivals.
With Pirates leading 1-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium and the game into the sixth minute of stoppage time, the goalkeeper went up for a last-gasp corner-kick.
Bucs keeper Jackson Mabokgwane’s unconvincing touch only half-cleared the danger, but he might be forgiven for not expecting what happened next.
Masuluke, running away from goal as everybody expected him to simply retrieve possession and keep the ball alive, instead executed a perfect overhead kick that even Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Brazil legend Rivaldo would have been proud of.
European websites such as The Telegraph as well as American-based FOX Sports and several others around the world are all celebrating the skill and courage of the goal, and the celebration too!
A goalkeeper in South Africa has equalised for his side with a last-minute bicycle kick ????pic.twitter.com/IDDvEusrs6— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) November 30, 2016
Masuluke’s spectacular goal nudges South Africa further into the global spotlight after Bafana Bafana midfielder Hlompho Kekana’s sensational strike against Cameroon in the African Nations Cup qualifiers was nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.
LAST CHANCE TO HELP HLOMPHO WIN!
FIFA.com will announce a shortlist of three for the Puskas Award on Friday, 2 December, so if you haven’t yet voted for your countryman, do so now!